What is Azad Foundation?

Azad Foundation provides livelihoods with dignity for resource-poor women living in urban areas in India.

We are driven by the vision of a world where all women, in particular women from underprivileged backgrounds enjoy full citizenship, earn with dignity and generate wealth and value for all. We are a professional feminist organization working across religious and social divides to enable resource-poor to women empower themselves.

Our key achievements over the last nine years include:

-Enabling more than 1,000 women to become employable by acquiring professional qualifications as a chauffeur in cities where there were previously almost no professional drivers,

-More than 400 women trained by Azad Foundation that we know of are currently practicing as professional drivers across the cities where we work, with their aggregate wealth generated annually being in the range of INR 4,80,000,00,

-Azad Foundation and our partner Sakha Wings Consulting Ltd have placed the first ever women bus driver with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), and we’re in talks with the DTC to enable many more women to become bus drivers,

-22 drivers trained by Azad have been employed by Delhi Commission for Women’s Helpline to drive to the rescue of victims of violence who dial 181,

-More than 1800 women have benefitted from training in – women’s rights; self-defence; sexual and reproductive health; English speaking; effective communications; first aid; grooming and map reading and learning key roads and routes. The content and pedagogy have helped them to empower themselves and achieve personal transformation.

Our aim is to level the employment field for disadvantaged women by providing bold livelihoods options that enhance women’ economic status, dignity, and decision-making within their families. To achieve this, our Women on Wheels programme empowers women with minimal economic and social capital to become professional drivers.

Why they are Awesome

  • In 2016-17, 582 women enrolled in Women With Wheels programmes across India, with 322 women achieving their permanent license, which was a 41% increase on the previous year

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